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Seton Hall Suspends Williams

January 23, 1998

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) _ Seton Hall suspended starting forward Donnell Williams for Saturday’s game against Boston College because of an unsportsmanlike foul committed against Notre Dame last weekend.

The Big East Conference school imposed the penalty after officials reviewed videotape of the play. Williams had raised his forearm and elbow, cutting the face of Notre Dame’s Antoni Wyche while setting a second-half pick in Seton Hall’s victory.

Williams was called for his fourth foul on the play, but he was not assessed either a flagrant foul or ejected by the officials. He is the team’s third-leading scorer (13.4 points) and rebounder (4.4 rebounds).

``I didn’t see it when it happened, but looking at it on the film, it was a flagrant foul,″ Notre Dame coach John MacLeod said during the league’s conference call Friday. ``It was a forearm to the face. And luckily it was just in the mouth area and not in the eye area. It was a fair suspension.″

Art Hyland, the conference’s supervisor of officials, saw the play on television and spoke with Commissioner Mike Tranghese. He called Seton Hall athletic director Sue Regan on Monday and asked her to review the situation.

``We believe there was no intent by Donnell to injure an opponent and that it was an isolated incident. It nonetheless warrants a pro-active stance,″ Regan said in a statement released by the school.

This is the second suspension for Williams. He missed the Notre Dame game last season for an unspecified reason.

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